Office of Sponsored Programs News

Research integrity at Ohio State: New training requirements for research eligible personnel

Thu, 7th December, 2017

Maintaining the highest standards of integrity is a foundational element of Ohio State’s research mission and focus of its strategic vision. Accordingly, the university is embracing a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine that calls on research institutions to maintain standards of conduct that go beyond compliance with federal regulations.

As noted in an email communication from Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce McPheron, Ohio State is now requiring that all research eligible faculty, staff and students involved in the design, conducting or reporting of research be trained in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). Research eligible personnel include:

  • Full, associate, assistant and emeritus professors conducting research
  • Employees with “research” in their titles (e.g., research directors, assistant directors, coordinators, managers, specialists, statisticians, aides, assistants and associates)
  • Postdoctoral fellows and researchers; graduate associates, fellows, and trainees; and undergraduate fellows and trainees.

Research eligible faculty, staff and students are required to complete the RCR training by the end of the academic year in June 2018. The course is available online through the Collaborative Institutional Training Institute (CITI). Please note that this requirement is in addition to any other RCR training that you may have taken to date.

For more information or to access the training, please see Responsible Conduct of Research.

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Senior VP for Research Caroline Whitacre to Retire Dec. 31

Wed, 18th October, 2017

Caroline Whitacre

Senior Vice President for Research Caroline Whitacre

Dr. Caroline Whitacre will be retiring from the university after 36 years of service on December 31, 2017. She recently completed her second term as senior vice president for research. Dr. Whitacre joined the Ohio State faculty in the College of Medicine in 1981. She has served in a number of leadership positions, including associate VP for health sciences research and vice dean for research in the College of Medicine; director of the School of Biomedical Science; and chair of the Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics. She is recognized widely for her scholarship on autoimmune disease and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science as well as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. As senior VP for research, she has led planning and infrastructure support for our basic and applied research programs. She has helped lead efforts to stimulate research and discoveries that impact communities locally, nationally and globally.

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Introduction to the new PI Portal training offered

Tue, 19th September, 2017

Office of Research staff will provide an overview of the new, redesigned PI Portal, demonstrate its enhanced features and address questions related to its use. This session is intended for faculty as well as department and college staff who use the PI Portal to access project financial information.

Scheduled Sessions:

  • Wednesday, October 4, 2017: 1-2 p.m. in Room 117 of the Research Administration Building, 1960 Kenny Road
    (Registration Closed)
  • Thursday, October 26, 2017: 1-2 p.m. in 460B Prior Hall (Computer Lab), 376 W. 10th Avenue
    (Registration Closed)
  • Thursday, November 9, 2017: 10:30-11:30 a.m. in 460B Prior Hall (Computer Lab), 376 W. 10th Avenue
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017: 10:30-11:20 a.m. in Room 117 Research Administration Building, 1960 Kenny Road

Contact Kari Uhl for additional information.


Category : Office of Sponsored Programs

New PI Portal to launch October 2

Tue, 19th September, 2017

On Monday, October 2, 2017, the Office of Research will launch a redesigned PI Portal. Improvements to the PI Portal are based on feedback from portal users from across the university. The new PI Portal features a robust search engine and a responsive and intuitive design, making it easier to view project-related financial information.

In the new PI Portal:

  • The “Home Page” presents a simplified and summarized view of information relevant to you and your role within the university.
  • The “Search” feature allows you to search by project number, title, department or investigator. You can also use keywords to narrow your search further.
  • The “Project Details View” allows you to see project details that include a financial overview, demographics, expenditures, commitments and award documents.
  • The “Line Item Rollup” enables you to create a report consisting of budget and expense information rolled up from selected projects.

Beginning October 2, you will automatically be directed to the new PI Portal when you use your existing links/bookmarks. You can also access the new PI Portal at or click on “PI Portal” listed under eTools on the Office of Sponsored Programs website. To ease the transition, access to the current PI Portal will remain until December 31, 2017, accessible through a link at the top of the new PI Portal. However, we encourage you to explore and begin using the new PI Portal right away.

A variety of training resources are available to help you transition to using the new PI Portal. An online user guide is available in the OR Help Desk knowledge base ( In-person training is also available at many locations across campus. Visit to see the list of available dates and times and to sign up for a training session.

We would like to hear from you to help us make the PI Portal an even better tool. After the October 2nd launch, you will be able to provide feedback via the “Give Us Feedback” button in the lower right corner of the new PI Portal.

If you have questions or encounter any problems, contact the OR Help Desk at or 614-688-8288.

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Get connected to research at Ohio State: Attend the annual expo Oct. 17

Tue, 8th August, 2017

October 17, 2017
Noon to 2 p.m.*Get Connected at the Research Expo
Research Commons
18th Avenue Library (3rd floor)
175 W. 18th Avenue

Fifty exhibitors–research centers, institutes, core laboratories, community partners and campus vendors–will be on hand to help you navigate your way through the research enterprise. Network with fellow researchers and find collaborators for future endeavors.

Demonstrations and short talks will be offered to help you learn how to find funding, build a data management plan, use the Buck-IRB system and PI Portal, engage with iThenticate, and more.

*Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for early career investigators. Enjoy exclusive access to the exhibitors.

RSVP today.

If you have any questions, contact Jeff Agnoli at 614-292-6269 or

Talk/Demonstration Schedule:

  • 12:15 p.m.: SPIN Funding Opportunities Database
  • 12:25 p.m.: eCOI (conflict of interest disclosure form)
  • 12:35 p.m.: Data Management Plans
  • 12:45 p.m.: Purchasing Tools (purchasing 101: university funds)
  • 12:55 p.m.: PI Portal (administrative and financial information)
  • 1:05 p.m.:   iThenticate (anti-plagiarism software)
  • 1:15 p.m.:    ORCID (researcher ID)
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